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fears there is a nuclear reactor leaking more radiation than first thought. congress returns as the house and senate get back to business, how close are we to an actual government shutdown? safety recall. you know the alcohol wipes you use to clean a wound? you'll want to check the ones you at home. a huge recall because of dangerous bacteria found in some brands. we'll have that for you. happy friday. i'm thomas roberts. we start in japan where there have been reports of a suspected breach in the core of reactor three. workers were pulled out of the complex as a safety precaution while the possibility of more radiation leaks over that region. japan's prime minister called this situation, quote, very grave and serious during a press conference that was hours after this setback. he reassured the citizens that nuclear techs and the government are taking a cautious approach in each step of this process. the death toll from the dual disasters that rocked the nation continue to rise. more than 10,000 are dead and
still 17,000 missing residents. nbc's lee cowan is live in tokyo this morning. lee, what are we hearing right now about the fukushima plant and any kind of extension as a precaution to the japanese exclusion zone for the potential of radiation? >> reporter: well, thomas, there is an extension, although it's still voluntary at this point. the people that were told 19 miles out, 20 miles out that they were told to basically stay indoors over the last couple weeks, now they're being urged to actually get out of the area. it's unclear whether that's based on the new threat that there is happens a breach in the reactor or whether it's because it's so hard to get supplies into those people or if they wanted to get food and water to them, it would be easier if they moved out. a little confusion about the reason actually for that's evacuation. as for the leak in the reactor, here is what we know. this allstems from the accident with the workers yesterday. the three workers who were injured, two of them take tone
the hospital after they stepped in water that was contaminated with radiation. it turns out it was such a high level, some 10,000 times the level that's normally there, that now officials are saying they think the only reason it could be that contaminatedis because there's either a breach in the reactor itself or perhaps in pipes that lead in and out of the reactor, that the water is leaking from there. now the question is how long it's been leaking, how much is leaking and where does it go? does it go back in the environment? it seems like the answer to that is yes. the biggest question, though, is what do we do about it? they don't know at this point. they can't take -- can't allow workers to go back in there. these are the people that were hands-on that were going in to try to reconnect the power cables, to help get this coolant system running again. now they can't do that by hand anymore, at least until they figure out some way to get that radioactive water out. >> lee cowan in tokyo, thank you very much. tom cripple mince is the former director of the american
nuclear society. he joins us to talk about this. explain the danger we're looking for here. does this plant pose right now a more severe danger? >> as you know we've been venting -- the japanese have been venting the reactor vessel and also the containment so the pressure would not build up. it's quite possible there is some leak in the pipe or the reactor that would lead to this water in the basement where the operators and workers were contaminated. but it's not clear it's going to make it any worse and there has not been an apparent increase in the radioactivity being discharged. >> tom, how worried should we be as we continue to watch the situation as this stretches on and the stabilization factors that just aren't coming into play here as we continue to have breaking news surrounding this story with different developments every day?
>> well, things are progressing. what one might think to be more slowly than expected. getting the electric power back is vital in order to continue to provide water to the reactors and the fuel pools where the threat of damaged fuel exists. and as you've seen, it's not an easy job, and there are going to be barriers, but all of these barriers, even this radioactivity situation, are able to be over come, and as long as they can continue to work toward getting the electricity back and the cooling back, that things will be stabilized, and it's possible and likely that things will be stabilized within days or at least a week. >> as we watch this, though, tom, it seems like they do take a step forward and then maybe hit these setbacks, maybe take two steps back and it brings new attention to the details that are going on there. so in your estimation, though, and from your expertise, how
long do you think it really is going to be until they can bring this under control, completely stabilize it and the fear could be gone? >> well, the situation is that electric power is required. as soon as they can restore that, then cooling will -- more cooling will take place and as long as the containments continue to be no more than minor leaks, the situation i believe in the next week or two will be stabilized and stabilized means there will be no releases off the site. what we're really interested in, the really major objective here overall nuclear power plants, especially in a situation like this, is protect the health and safety of the public. that means minimize the releases out into the environment. so water on top of the core, plenty of cooling, water filling up the fuel pools are the objective, and that's why we need the electric power. >> they're making strides. still hard work to be done. tom, thank you for coming on
today. >> you're welcome. we turn to the middle east. pro-democracy protesters are clashing with the government in several countries. this comes as the reports of the president of yemen possibly planning to step down. nbc's ron allen is watching this from cairo. what are we hearing specifically about yemen and the developments politically there? >> reporter: well, the president there, abdullah saleh made it clear he's not going anywhere. there were reports of talks between him and military leaders who defected to the side of the protesters. he spoke to a huge crowd of supporters, and basically said he's not going anywhere until there's an election, the country needs stability and he can provide that. unclear now what happens in yemen. the country seems very divided. there have been a significant number of military leaders who have gone to the other side. the president claimses to have supporters like the defense ministers that who came out on
tv a few days ago. things are divided there. a very contentious situation. the u.s. concern in yemen is there is a very active al qaeda cell that could thrive in a very unstable and chaotic situation. also in syria, a place we're watching closely as well. there are now reports as many as 30 people may have been killed by security forces after protests there. it had been a very quiet day until about an hour ago. now there seems to be a lot of violence, particularly in the town called deraa in the southern part of the city. there have beente t s erar rpos sa a pplekiedhere already this week. the violence seems to have intensified after friday prayers. there are reports a group of protesters were trying to pull down or deface a statue of the former president, half faz al assad. the country essentially closed to outsiders.
the government has blamed foreigners for the problems as well as other outside forces. yesterday an advisor to the president came on television and offered a laundry list of reforms and benefits that the people would receive in the coming days. they promised investigations of grievances. the opposition wants to see measures immediately now, not promises. so the confrontations there continue. thomas? >> ron allen in cairo. thank you. the white house is insistent the no-fly zone will be transferred to nato. officials tell nbc news that handoff will likely begin tomorrow. the u.s. will continue to take the lead in strikes against moammar gadhafi's forces. both houses of congress are set to begin next week. lawmakers will meet with top officials on march 30th. mike viqueira joins us from the white house with the latest from there. mike, yesterday the secretary
general of nato said nato was still considering whether to take on broader responsibility for the efforts in libya. is tomorrow really the day of this handoff or are there still detas beoedsnt. alof9 tries and entities, there's going to be contradictions and confusion. there's a lot of confusion and contradiction and even dismay coming from capitol hill. that's from both sides of the aisle. the white house yesterday called this not a war, this action in libya, baugh time-limited, scope-limited military action with the objective of protecting civilian lives from moammar gadhafi, not a war. that's just one of the distinctions they're making. another distinction is in enforcing the un resolution which involves protecting those civilians versus having moammar gadhafi leave power, something that the president himself has called for. that is the stated u.s. policy goal. the contribution there or at least a difference or distinction. another distinction, a no-fly
zone which is what nato is apparently agreeing to sign on to enforce, the no-fly zone, shooting planes and helicopters out of the air versus protecting those civilians against the advances of libyan military forces under the command of forces loyal to gadhafi. also an issue of leading and enabling european and american forces in enforcing the no-fly zone and the military action. there is support -- the support and advise role that u.s. is said to be, according to the white house, transitioning to in days not weeks, versus flying combat missions which was made clear yesterday that even after they had transitioned, the united states is still going to be flying combatnd shooting bom airplanes. mewhile the administration is halg the military involvement from arab nations. yesterday it was the yub nighted arab emirates announcing they
would be sending airplanes along with qatar which has already promised to send airplanes. we don't expect at this point to see the president today. we didn't see him yesterday. he got home wednesday from the latin american trip. there will be, in addition to the hearings you just mentioned, a close, classified briefs with top administration officials for members of the house on capitol hill next wednesday. >> mike, great to see you, thank you. the on going recovery remains atop president obama's agenda. now the federal reserve has drilled down on who really felt the biggest sting from the financial crisis. the answers might really surprise you. the stats show more than three in five americans saw their wealth decline between 2007 and 2009. hitting these groups the hardest? western residents, young and senior citizens and, yes, the wealthiest 10% of americans. jim tankersly is the national correspondent from the "national
journal." financial dips for households across the board. so what you think were the major takeaways when it comes to the american people as a whole? >> the first one is everybody really shared the pain like you said. it was a disaster, the great recession, for americans rich and poor in the west and the northeast and across the country. there were some areas that really were hit the hardest. those areas were the folks who were most invested in stocks and the housing market. so the richest americans got hit pretty hard and westerners where some of the worst housing markets are also hit very hard. >> american families took what happened here very seriously. we saw borrowing fall and more caution when it came to spending outright. is that a recipe that will help our economy over the long term? >> the long term is probably a good thing. the savings rate was negative, spending more than we had, taking out too much credit. in the short term americans emerged more cautious from this recession the fed found. that's probably a bad thing for
today and the near future. if consumer spending stays down, the economy won't get back on track as fast as it would if even were spending more. so long-term good, short-term not as good. >> do you see at some point down the road these families who are wiser because of the pain they felt getting drawn back in to the same financial traps, especially when it comes to borrow? >> that's a good question. the fed survey suggests that people have been very stung here and they're not going to up their spending as conditions improve at the same rate as which they decreased it when conditions went bad. >> all right. if we don't learn from our financial history, we're bound to repeat it. hopefully we'll keep our financial houses in check. jim, thank you. >> thank you. alcohol wipes are used in every hospital. likely you have some in your home right now. but there is a major recall because of bacteria found in these wipes that are supposed to be sterile. what you need to know, it's up next. rain rain while the other guy's flake is more processed.
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this is pretty eye opening, a new government report showing a staggering two-thirds of medical wipes mvrd by one wisconsin company are tainted with bacteria. the wipes are used to clean sdin before injections. the wipes have been tied to serious infections, even death in some cases. i'm joined by dr. frank esperin, infectious disease specialist at u.s. case western in ohio. these wipes were reportedly tied with bacteria tied to meningitis infections in newborns and flesh-eating bacteria infections. how can such dangerous strains of bacteria make their way to some pads? >> what i have a feeling is bacillus, a normal bacteria found in soil, counter tops,
your skin, without causing any disease whatsoever. what this bacteria can do, it actually makes spores. spores are like little eggs that can hatch into different kinds of new bacteria. this new bacteria will then, if it's put in the right circumstance, can cause a lot of bad disease. >> let's talk about containment. there's already been a recall. this company also makes the wipes found under many super market brand names. what else needs to be done to actually stop the spread here? >> well, when you actually talk about ba sill liss itself, that's actually not a bad bacteria from the standpoint of an infectious disease physician. what we think about, a lot of the back tear qula we have to attack and defend against the hospital, it's usually not on thelist of really b things we have to worry about. if you put that bacteria into the blood system or into a very vulnerable host, any bacteria including ba sill liss can be a really big problem. i think the reason that the hospitals are having such a bad
problem and why what we have are reports of bad disease is because the alcohol wipes in the hospital are used to clean off iv shots or before we give shots to sterilize a site. if you instead of sterilizing it, you're actually laying down bacteria or its spores, you could be injected that bacteria directly into the bloodstream of a very vulnerable patient. >> when we talk about the strain of bacteria, you're saying it is common. it is apparently resistant to alcohol. so what can be done in the design of these wipes to keep this bacteria at bay? >> the bacteria actually will die from the alcohol. the problem is the spores are very resistant to alcohol and other sterilization techniques. that's why sterilization process that happens at the company has to be very well controlled, very well regulated, and it has to be very intense. any lapse in those protocols to
sterilize can actually lead to those spores surviving and causing the problem that we're having right now. >> i know we said this has been used in a lot of cases for hospitals, for different medical staffs. what about people at home that might be watching this and be concerned if they have these types of products in their home? do you recommend throwing them out? >> i certainly would. if it's under a recall, then the answer is yes. i would also say, though, for the vast majority of individuals, this is a bacteria that normally you'll find on your skin. it doesn't cause a problem. it is only in those circumstances where you have a very vulnerable patient, for example, let's say a diabetic who has to inject insulin through their skin. those are the people that i would very much recommending to get rid of those particular kinds of pads and use another agent or something that has not been recalled. >> dr. asper, thanks for coming on. take care. revolutions around the world started with rising food prices. how hardest for families here at
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we're two weeks away in the expiration date on this latest budget extension. officials have said there's no coalition willing to pass another one. earlier on "morning joe" new york senator chuck schumer expressed a little optimism. >> we're getting closer on the number. here is the sticking point. it's where you should cut. we have to go to some of this mandatory spending outside the domestic discretionary and we can come up with a good healthy morning. >> let's say good morning to nbc capitol hill correspondent luke russert. where is this compromise going to be coming from here as we race toward the state of april 8th? >> well, april 8th, thomas is the date. there's essentially two weeks when congress gets back. it's going to be interesting to see where the cuts come from. first and foremost senator schumer said on "morning joe" that there are discussions between aides from harry read and aides from john boehner. i did speak to one boehner aide and he said there's still no clear offer from the democrats in terms of a number they would
be willing to cut. remember, the republicans want to cut $51 billion from the current fiscal year budget. that is not a number that democrats would approve. there's still questions marks about where exactly the white house and harry read are in terms of a real number. chuck shumer said he wanted to look at stuff like defense spending, possibly entitlement reforms. a lot of this has come from nondiscretionary spending of a small portion of the budget, things that implicate a lot of social programs that democrats like. republicans are open to that. however, they're going to be have to be extremely specific because they don't want to cut anything important to them. this is going to be a tough two weeks. why is that, thomas? the last budget compromise bill that went forward, had 54 house republicans voting against it. in order for it to pass it had to receive democratic support. there's question whether or not this can get through the house again. it will most likely have to get democratic support.
a lot of house republicans on the conservative side said they don't want to vote for anything temporary because they view it as kicking the can down the road. one other caveat that we haven't talked about that relates to libya, thomas, mitch mcconnell and john mccain have said they don't want to approve a temporary budget solution, temporary budget spending bill until the defense department is funded for the rest of fiscal year 2011. why is that? they say it's not fair for the defense department to have to continually be funded on these two to three-week incremental spending bills when there's so much going on in the world, especially with libya on their plate. th . >> adds a completely new layer to the conversation. it seems like the tea party backed congressmen have had a lot to do with these extensions. do you think they'll press the leadership harder as this drags on? >> they absolutely will. that's what they've shown in the few months they've been in congress.
a lot of folks they would be co-opted by the gop leadership. they've maintained a lot of their autonomy. the one thing to look at in terms of the spending bill are riders. they're things attached to the republican bill to cut $61 billion from the budget that included a lot of red meat for conservatives, things like defunding obama care, things like defunding the dodd-frank financial regulatory reform commission, things like taking away money for planned parenthood, a lot of things that democrats will not accept that a lot of house conservatives want to as one told me a while back will fight to the death on. it will be interesting to see if the compromise have l have these riders. the lastew he nt. the pearsp has avoi putting these issues in the front and center because they know democrats will shut the door on them and probably go to a shutdown. this is going to be a real interesting topic as to whether or not these things can stay in these spending bills and whether or not senate democrats would accept any of them to avert a
further government shutdown. the clock is ticking. a lot in these bills. libya is garnering a lot of attention in the world. april 8th, if there's no solution, you will see a government shutdown. it's more likely now aides from both sides have told me than it was any time during this year because they're both still very far ap part and there's been reluctance in the house to pas >> great day in america with duke losing last night. >> luke, take care. we want to take everybody back to japan since the dual disasters took place there. the latest on the reactors are two sides. health correspondent bob bazell has the latest from tokyo. >> reporter: hello from tokyo. when the water levels inside reactor number three were measured to be at 10,000 times the normal level, this indicates to the engineers working on the site that something in the reactor is leaking, either the reactor itself or the pipes leading into it.
there's no indication yet that that radioactive water has gotten outside the containment vessel that surrounds it. there's that possibility because there was a hydrogen explosion in that reactor. this could be, at the very least it will be a serious setback in the efforts to contain those reactors or worse it could lead to a lot more radiation into the environment. rain, when it's raining here like it is now, is not a happy thing at all because it brings radiation out of the sky and sometimes into the water supply as it did here in tokyo, bringing the temporary warning that infants shouldn't be drinking the tap water. it's raining here. the nuclear reactor is not going well. it's a situation that looks like it's going to go on for several weeks at best. back to you. >> that was bob bazell. as i was saying, we've kept a close eye on japan since the dual disasters have crippled the country, left thousands dead, thousands missing. we wanted to give you a closer look at the devastation and the stories you aren't hearing about concerning this tragedy. the everyday lives of what
people are going through, how they're impacted with every new scare. we have a photographer for "time" magazine on assignment in japan. he joins us by skype. dominique, some of these images are amazing. i want to spotlight a few from your coverage that are really sticking out to us and show everybody at home what you've been seeing through the lens there. explain to us as we look at those images what has struck you as a photo journalist as you're covering this disaster. >> thank you, thomas. one of the big things that struck me was the fact that the resilience of the japanese people. we've been trying to deal with all kinds of shortages from petrol to food to water, and we're trying to cover this. at the same time the people who have lost most of their homes and businesses and family are dealing with the same things, plus they don't have any choice, sleeping in shelters, watching
us as communities are trying to clean up their homes and their streets. it's been really amazing to watch the transition. i've been here two weeks now. to see from the beginning, i was here after the first day, to now how some streets are being cleaned up. you can drive through what we before couldn't even get to. so the are sill yens of the japanese and their will to fix what they feel needs to be fixed as soon as possible by their own. they're not waiting for anybody. >> i want to talk about that resilience with you because i think we do get focused on what's happening mainly at the fukushima reactors and what is going on to stabilize the planted itself. there's so much going on with these displaced families devastated by the earthquake and th the tnathereaer a lot of heroes that i imagine you've been meeting through your coverage. >> it's been really great. it just feels not to pick out individuals, but it seems like the community themselves are really the winners and the
heroes of this tragedy. there's no individuality of any sorts here. it's a combined effort completely by the communities in each of the different districts and town that is have been hit by this disaster. >> dominic, is there one photo of yoursz that you've taken that stands out to you, one that you think kind of sums up the plight of what's taken place there? >> it's been really hard. i think any photographer or journalist who is covering such a huge event struggles with really explaining what we see on the ground and trying to convey it to the public. and i definitely don't feel like i've managed close enough to really convey what has happened here. i'm just happy to be able to photograph the people and have them let me into their lives. that's enough for me. i hope we're communicating the the world, not just destruction, but also the closeness of the
people, be it in the shelters or out on the streets cleaning up or surviving whatever they survive. >> they are amazing images we continue to see. dominic, we appreciate you coming on and talking to us about what you've been experiencing while you've been in japan covering the disaster that took place there. >> i want to tell everybody for more of dominic's work and photos from japan, it can be seen on time's lightbox.time. m lightbox.time.com. a disturbing story from boston where hundreds of cases of out of date food have been found in school cafeterias. city officials say it's a case of mismanagement. cynthia needham is a political editor with "the boston globe." is that a case of neglect or is this something bigger, a wider problem with miss mingment? >> well, i think it's really more a case of mismanagement.
really they're calling it an inventory problem because what is happening is they weren't properly tracking when the food was coming into the schools, when it was being ordered. they also weren't properly coordinating the menu planning to ensure that the food that was being served actually was stuff that was being served before it had expired. really it was a coordination inventory thing. >> all right. i would imagine a lot of parents are nervous hearing about this and probably thinking back in their memories of, okay, did my kid get sick around this time. have there been cases where kids have been reporting being sick or rashes that kids might be getting sick from school food, anything like that linked directly to the neglect? >> not at all. no sick kids, no reports of any illnesses. really what you have to remember is we're not talking about obviously rancid food. there's no sour milk, moldy bread. most of it was frozen food,
things like taco meat, frozen hamburger patties. technically frozen food can stay frozen indefinitely. the u.s. department of agriculture issues standards that say foods shouldn't be served after a certain period of time. that's the type of stuff that was the problem. we're not talking about things that are obviously expired food. >> tell us about the food and nutrition director, hell lent mont-ferguson. she's been heralded around the country as a model for other school systems to follow. >> she had been with the department since 1988, definitely a veteran. paid $116,000 a year. we don't know a lot about her. boston has had some successes in its food program. it's also had some problems. there have been some financial problems. but no obvious red flags before this happened. >> that's good.
>> she has since been reassigned. they're not saying she's been fired. they're saying she's gone elsewhere in the department so to speak. >> i'm sure she'll resurface. good to have you on today. we appreciate your time. new numbers from the u.s. census bureau, the big headline is about the hispanic population and its astounding growth over the last ten years. with more here is nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: this family moved from mexico to the suburbs of atlanta looking for a better life. they are part of the reason why hispanics now make up one in six americans. >> there were a lot of job opportunities here with the construction, in technology. >> reporter: according to the latest census figures, hispanics now account for more than half of the total growth in the u.s. population. >> people of hispanic origin clearly represent the second largest group in the country. >> reporter: nationwide, hispanic growth was most dramatic in the south. more than double in alabama, kentucky, north carolina and tennessee and nearly double in
georgia and virginia. asians also grew by double digits, but still make up less than 5% of the total u.s. population. the majority of the total growth in the u.s. occurred in the south and the west. one-fourth of the people in the country now live in california, texas and new york. there are signs of hispanic influence everywhere, on telemundo, the soap opera, la reina dell sur debuted three weeks ago and beats its english network competitors in prime time. new strength in numbers that show an increasingly diverse nation. kristen welker, nbc news, los angeles. so is 40 the new 20? that's my story and i'm sticking to it. how expectations have changed for what life for nod dern 40-year-old looks like today. we have that right after this.
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the mid life crisis. it's one of the hallmarks of aging. one author is laying out roadmap for women on how not to let hitting your 40s trip you up. "fortitude, making your life the best" examines the lives of women as they try to find their road to happiness. sarah brokaw is a therapist who wrote the book. good to have you on this morning. >> good morning. thank you. >> for many women, turning 40 seems to be an emotional milestone. explain that to us. why? >> i think it's the age where women start to feel like they're no longer relevant. in our 20s is when we're supposed to be at our prime, the time we're supposed to explore who we are. in our 30s we're supposed to be married and have kids. i think by the time we hit 35,
between 35 and 40 is the time when, if we haven't figured it out, if we haven't been married, if we haven't had kids, it's when we get to raise eyebrows which causes a lot of anxiety for women. if they haven't reached those traditional milestones. i think that's why a lot of women in my practice and women who i have befriended start to really experience a lot of anxiety if they haven't reached those milestones. >> we were talking about the book in our morning meeting, and there were women saying there was societal pressure of the what you're supposed to accomplish by your 40s, marriage, babies. >> that's right. >> if your dream is different, maybe the career takes the priority, what do you say to women when they struggle with the fact that they've been listening to their own internal guide and maybe they messed up? >> i think that's a very good question. i think that i, who hasn't been married and i don't have kids, i can identify with these women who feel what now, what happens? it's at the very moment when i would say you need to replace
the word fear and put curiosity in there. how do you forge your own path of curiosity rather than fear. once you're able to do that, i think it allows women to feel a lot more relief and actually they feel a lot more exhilarated knowing they don't necessarily need to choose the traditional path in order to feel like they have fortytude. >> i remember when my mom turned 40, there were black balloons, "over the hill," all that stuff, like going to a wake. now 40 is completely different. from your experience of having written this book, we talk about the 40s, the 50s and the decades beyond that. did you learn something about yourself that maybe it's okay that you haven't had marriage yet, haven't had kids yet, is that something you still want to do and you would encourage other women that maybe because they haven't had them at this point, that it doesn't mean they can't? >> absolutely. i think a perfect example is when i was 38 years old, it was
my high school 20th year reunion and i chose not to go because i wasn't married and i didn't have kids and no matter how many accomplishments i had under my belt, i still chose not to go because everyone else was married, everyone had kids. when i didn't go, the very next day i received a number of calls from student who said why didn't you go. i was too embarrass ridiculous. i need to forge my own path and realize that life just doesn't end because you don't have kids or you're not married. here i am at the age of 41, and so much has happened in my life within the last three years. i got to meet beautiful women, inside and out, who have been able to40, that you just continue to evolve and that these women who are written about in my book have done so much starting at the age of 40 and who are now in their 70s and
80s. they have proven to me that you can either, once again, keep your hands over your eyes and look at life through the lens of fear or look at life through the lens of or live life through the lens of curiosity. >> gauges in numbers. >> absolutely. >> thank you so much, sarah. we appreciate your time. sarah brokaw. living longer does that lead to actually living better lives? that makes our flip side, and it's coming up next. cream is really what makes it. i think you'll find it's the vegetables. the crunch... the texture. deliciously rich. delicious. fantastic! flavorful. [ cow moos ] hey, maybe we could... work together? [ female announcer ] introducing new stouffer's farmers' harvest. now classics like grilled chicken fettuccini alfredo come with sides of farm-picked vegetables... lightly sauteed with herbs and olive oil. and no preservatives. find more ways to get to the table at letsfixdinner.com.
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